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Peter Hart is chairman of Hart Research, a firm that does the public opinion polling for NBC/Wall Street Journal.

The coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Question: Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?

At the risk of being dropped from this elite and marvelous leadership panel, my nominee is Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke basketball coach. He has just become the college coach with the second greatest number of career wins. His record is impressive enough, but his sense of promoting teamwork, sportsmanship and devotion to excellence among his players, his coaches and the people he works with is impressive and deserves special commendation. He has represented the best of America values in coaching the Olympics and the FIBA world championships.

Yet, it is not the records he has amassed, but the values he has promoted that make him such a natural as a leader in 2010. He knows his roots and he has strong values. He has brought great distinction to Duke University, and in 30 years of coaching there, he has directed a program never questioned for recruiting infractions or bringing in players who only want a venue and not an education. In a year where upstarts like the Tea Party and Mark Zuckerberg are hailed and covered, I will take the leader with a career of excellence.

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By Peter Hart

 |  December 22, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Sports Leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As a "Die Hard Terp", I still must agree with Coach K's nomination. He represents true American Values and never compromises them for any reason. He preaches balance in work and life, excellence in execution as well as toughness, longevity, and intelligence. And, over the last few years he has shown those attributes off to the world through our national basketball team. Coach K is a class act 100% (but I must root against him when he and Coach Gary are dueling! LOL).

Posted by: ericroks | December 28, 2010 9:20 AM
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to really find out who the people think the leader is .... you wouldn't put a list of names you would ask them to choose from every one.. To dilute, and shape, shake, select, sell, is the object of the unintelligent.... propaganda dispenser

Posted by: artistkvip1 | December 28, 2010 7:42 AM
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Gille002 doesn't have a clue what he is saying. Coach K gives a lot to his players and has one of the few programs left where the team is made of student athletes. Period.

Posted by: roscym1 | December 28, 2010 7:28 AM
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Coach K is a phenomenal guy and you'd be crazy not to recognize him as a paragon of true leadership. Whether it's guiding his Duke teams to championship after championship, molding his players into upstanding young men who reflect well on their school and graduate from it, or restoring a sense of pride in Team USA Basketball, the man is truly a leader to be admired by all.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | December 26, 2010 8:57 PM
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If your goal requires winning at the expense of your players then this man is a leader. He is not a leader he is a user. Period.

Posted by: Gille002 | December 25, 2010 5:37 PM
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